I want to transfer my data to my new computer

June 1, 2018 at 21:25:05
Specs: Windows 10, 2.0/ 2 gigs of ram
I'm thinking of getting a new laptop. What is the easiest way to transfer everything to the new laptop?

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June 1, 2018 at 22:10:54
Flash drive for data. For programs, you will need to install them on your new computer.

Or you could try a trial version of any one of the dozens of cloud storage sites and copy your data over that way. Most of them will let you try their services for a few weeks without paying. I use livedrive. Carbonite is another good one.

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June 1, 2018 at 23:11:00
Flash drive yes.. even better... use dvd (rw) to copy content and then pop the disk into your new laptop to transfer content to new laptop.

Why dvdrw not dvdr? You can re-use the rw afterwards..

Flash drives don’t hold as much a a dvd...

Even better... network the old and the new computers and copy your files over that way.

Do NOT cut and paste your files whichever method you use. Do a simple copy. Frequently a cut ‘n paste can go awry and you lose the files involved...

If pennies allow... get a usb external hard drive; copy all your files to that. Then connect it to the new computer and copy files from the usb drive to the new computer. Retain the copies on the external hard drive as your safe reliable, store, backup etc. of all your important files; even though they may also be a computer’s hard drive too. That way if anything goes amiss with computer(s) your personal files are safely duplicated elsewhere. Regularly ensure you update the content on the external hard drive.

Remember toothat flash drives are bnot. tended for serious, long term storage/backup etc. Rather they’re a simple means of porting content knowing that the original content is on more secure, safe, reliable media too; e.g. a hard drive, an external drive too, and even dvd (photos especially) as well as the former hard drives.

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June 2, 2018 at 16:25:36
Re #2."Flash drives don’t hold as much a DVD

Careful, times are a changing:

Standard DVD are only 4.7 GB.

Flash drives are commonly 8 GB to 250 GB and 1TB exist.
Even little old fashioned me has had a 10 GB flash drive for a few years now.

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June 2, 2018 at 17:44:36
Oh deeeeaaarrrr....

Hope these supa dupa flash drives don’t start appearing in place of SSD in laptops etc.. Given the unreliable nature of them that could disastrous.

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June 2, 2018 at 18:33:15
Yeah, flash drives have always been considered to be less reliable than CD or DVD. However with development I suppose there is scope for flash drive reliability improvements. I've not see any recent comparisons which are unbiassed and meaningful.

Both have let me down at times. With CD/DVD it has sometimes been the recording medium that has come apart (just under the label around the edges). ISObuster freebie has been a life saver at times. I sense that flash drives are getting better, especially if they are mainly used for reading rather than writing.

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